Trying to get through some of my backlog, especially seeing how The Horus Heresy is almost finished...
This one's... alright, I guess. It's got a multitude of issues, not least of all that the companion plotline (which ends around 3/4s into the book) is more compelling than the primary story about Vulkan and his journey to Terra. He's passive for a lot of the journey until the final quarter, and his accompanying three sons don't get developed much either.
Shadrak Meduson and the Iron Tenth are more interesting, but again, I feel that crucial developments just aren't elaborated on enough. His nemesis, Tybalt Marr, appears in what feels like two chapters only, and it just doesn't live up to the short story / audio drama about him, which precedes this novel. Meduson also feels a bit too... strong-headed, considering his pasts actions. It felt a bit too convenient in the end.
It's not terrible, I've read worse, but it just screams "wasted potential" at every turn. It doesn't help that the previously considered "The Iron Tenth" novel was canceled and rolled into this one, which might explain why the book doesn't synergize as well as it should.
This one I picked up as an audiobook, since Stephen Fry narrates it himself. I was hesitant, after the disappointing, heavily abridged and charmless Norse Mythology retelling by Neil Gaiman, which I read last year, but this one's about three times as long and actually goes into a decent amount of depth, all with wit and humor.
The sequel, Heroes, goes into more detail on some of my favorite characters, though, so in a sense, this is prep-work for me, just to refresh my own memories of Greek mythology and family relations. I'm having a good time with it, and it was a nice companion farming in games this week already. Not too taxing, not too shallow, and entertaining all throughout.
SukaSuka finally ended up on my doorstep last week, so I've been eager to get going with it.I already checked the anime adaptation again to compare a few scenes, and actually think the anime might have done things a disservice here and there. As much as I adore it, there's some switcheroo business in it that makes sense within the audio-visual medium at relatively short episodic runtimes, but felt more compelling the way it was actually written.
The light novel style is still a bit cringeworthy to me overall, though. I mean, I'm not as big on overly expressive prose as many people, which might have something to do with a higher focus on character work and dialogue on my end, and also on reading primarily in my secondary language, but the often abrupt, reductive and sometimes stilted writing, whether due to the quality of translation or original writing, is something that I have a bit of an issue with. I guess they're not called "light" novels for no reason, and I collect and read them anyway, but it's hard for me to keep apace with releases as a result. I just need more meaty stuff in between.
Either way, though, I'd highly recommend this series. I'm already bracing myself for the inevitable tears and drama.
Besides these, I also just received my hardback copy of the first Katanagatari omnibus last Friday, so there's something I'm looking forward to digging into. Later this month, I should be getting Legend of the Galactic Heroes Vol.8: Desolation, unless Amazon decides not to deliver it til January. Again.
There's the first Gotrek & Felix Omnibus sitting next to my bed, which I want to re-read sometime, as they finally decided to do a full new print run of them, and I missed the last one (which had superior covers to now, sadly). It's probably a pipedream, but I hope to finish the entire series as per omnibuses before long (4 volumes), followed by the continuity-free adventures, and the End Times duology that wraps it up. So about... close to 20 books. Great!
I'm also considering reading Le Morte D'Arthur one of those days, depending on how high a tolerance I can build up to Arthur's bs.